No More Fairy Tales by Sue Williamson


No More Fairy Tales by Sue Williamson

Thursday 30th March 2023

Programme running time: 90 mins

Tickets £5 / £4 concessions

An evening to encounter the British-born South African artist and activist Sue Williamson’s film practice, encompassing three of her most successful works to date. The films will be introduced by Nicoletta Lambertucci, Contemporary Art Curator at The Box. The Box is currently showing Between Memory and Forgetting, a retrospective of Williamson’s works which also includes a major new commission.

The title ‘No More Fairy Tales’ is derived from a quote by assassin apartheid Eugene de Kock describing the troubled South African situation in the eighties and attempting to justify his own actions. There are three video works in the series, and the focus is on the reality that the painful trauma of apartheid deeply affected not only those who had to live through it, but continues to be a defining factor in the lives of their children.

It’s a pleasure to meet you is a conversation between two young people in their twenties - Candice Mama and Siyah Mgoduka - whose fathers were killed by apartheid assassin Eugene de Kock.

In What is this thing called freedom? three generations of the women of the Siwani family of Soweto talk about how apartheid affected each of them. Joyce remembers the days of deep apartheid, when black people could not enter facilities exclusively for whites, Buli was a school student in the eighties, losing a friend to the security police, and Buhle talks about the 2015 #FeesMustFall movement and the disillusionment of the youth of today.

The third video, That particular morning was made in collaboration with Siyah Ndawela Mgoduka, the son of a policeman assassinated in December 1989. Siyah is in conversation with his mother, Doreen, and hears for the first time some of his mother's memories of his father. The film explores topics around forgiveness, loneliness, respect, and the differing attitudes of two generations towards the processes of the Truth and Reconciliation Commission hearings all come under discussion.

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 Thursday 30th Mar 2023  6:00pm Intro
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